Nikita Mazepin started to panic F1 already in the first qualifying of his career in Bahrain, when before launching himself for the last attempt in Q1 he overtook several drivers who were waiting their turn to open the gas in the last meters of the track of Sakhir. In the Circus, in fact, there is the unwritten law to respect the positions in the last sector before making the timed lap. A tacit chivalrous agreement between the pilots of which Mazepin had never been informed. “During the meetings between the drivers no one had bothered to explain this dynamic to me, for me it was the first qualifying in my career in F1 and I had no idea of these unwritten ‘rules'”explained Mazepin, who had been fiercely criticized for his slalom in traffic at that juncture of qualifying for the first round of the season.
Mazepin: “Never so low”
On Saturday in Austria during Q2 Sebastian Vettel found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time ruining Fernando Alonso’s lap and being penalized with three penalty positions on the starting grid. The Aston Martin driver justified himself by pointing out that he found himself in that very uncomfortable situation because some drivers had ‘cut to the tail’ after passing the photocell of T2 located between Curves 6 and 7 of the Red Bull Ring. Mazepin did not miss this detail: “It is the same thing I did in Bahrain, but I did not register the same clamor towards these drivers who did not respect the line. Yet the race director was clear, after Turn-8 we had to maintain a fast pace to avoid creating problems in Turn-9 and Turn-10 ”.
Vettel: “I’m sorry for Alonso, I didn’t know what to do”
In general, the Russian pilot believes that there are several meters of judgment by critics and the pilots themselves depending on the pilot in question: “It’s a two-sided F1, there are two weights and two measures. If you have made a name for yourself in the Circus or have world titles on the bulletin board, the criticisms are less ferocious towards you ”.